Boys Varsity Basketball · Patriots Fight Back Shock Lakewood in OT

Feb 5,

The Valley Forge boys basketball team hosted the Lakewood Rangers on Friday in GLC action. The Patriots opened the game on an 11-0 run with quick baskets by Trell Marks and Tyler Quinones. The boys would lead by 6 at the end of the first. Lakewood would get their three point shooting going and eventually tied the game with under a minute in the half, but a last second basket by Marks gave the Patriots a 3 point lead at halftime. The third quarter opened with a Patriots 11-0 run leading to a 14 point advantage. The lead would not last long. The Rangers put on a full court press causing several Patriot turnovers and a 4 point game at the end of three. The Rangers opened the fourth with a flurry of steels and hot shooting taking an 8 point lead with 4 minutes to go in regulation. The lead was eight with 1:30 left when the Patriots defense came alive. On three consecutive possessions the Patriots forced turnovers. Marks would hit two 3 pointers and miss the third to give the Patriots the lead. The teams would trade free throws down the stretch. Trailing by 3 with 7.6  seconds left Senior Norman Pomales spotted up from 20 feet and drained the biggest shot in his career forcing overtime 67-67. The Patriots opened the overtime with a quick bucket by Chris Sledge and never looked back eventually winning 77-69. Coach Bokoch after the game: ” We called a play anticipating the defense collapsing on Trell which left Norman wide open.  We kept our poise and executed down the stretch.” Several players shined in the thrilling come from behind victory.  Leading the way was Marks with 35 points. Quinones chipped in 17, Sledge 14, Pomales 9, and Randal Fields 2.  Next Up: February 9 at Holy Name in the GLC tournament.